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By David Franz | Friday, January 13, 2012

An introduction to EQ and filters

Anyone who has worked with audio in any capacity has likely seen a graphic depicting a waveform. These waveform graphics display the amplitude expressed across time, but do you really know how those waveforms are generated and why we express them the way we do?

It’s all about pressure and how sound moves through a medium, like air. Changes in air pressure are picked up by our ears, and our brains translate those pressure changes into sound information.

Brian Lee White explains how air is compressed and rarefied to create waveforms in his Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters course. Check out his explanation in the video here, and then dive further into learning about using EQ and filters to improve the sound of your waveforms…I mean, music.

For more on how to properly apply equalization (EQ) to improve the overall sound of your mixes, watch the full Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters course in the Online Training Library®.

Interested in more? • The full Foundations of Audio: EQ and Filters course on lynda.com • All audio courses on lynda.com • All courses from Brian Lee White on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic ProcessingLogic Pro 9 Essential TrainingAudio Mixing BootcampMixing and Mastering with Pro Tools

By David Franz | Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Three ways to get the most out of NAMM

NAMM stands for the National Association of Music Merchants, and its purpose is to promote the benefits of making music by strengthening the music product industry. Every January, they put on a huge trade show in Anaheim, California, where companies large and small come together and show off their music-related products and services. NAMM is a musician’s paradise, really, with displays of every instrument you can imagine, and all the latest technology and gadgetry available to create music. If you’re headed to NAMM this year, make sure to carpe diem with our three tips for getting the most out of NAMM, and be sure to stop by and say hello to the lynda.com staff who will be at the trade show from January 19 through January 22 with demos of expanded audio training content on display.

Three ways to get the most out of NAMM

1. Expand your view

One of the main purposes of NAMM is to present what’s new in the audio industry. Nowhere else can you hold the products in your hands, ask questions to their creators, make contacts at the companies, and even potentially get great show-only discounts. As you walk the floor, you’ll expand your view of what you can do in the music industry…and you may even run into a few rock stars along your path.

2. Check out the H.O.T. Zone

The NAMM trade show is mainly known for its gear and instrument booths, however they’ve slowly over the past few years been building out the H.O.T. Zone. Short for Hands-On Training, the H.O.T. Zone is a mini-educational conference by itself, with excellent speakers, panel discussions, and clinics on extremely pertinent topics in the music industry. Check out a session or two at NAMM and learn something you can apply immediately to your musical career from industry experts.

3. Join Us for #NAMMchat Q&A on Twitter

If you can’t make it out to Anaheim, join audio experts and lynda.com authors Bobby Owsinski and Brian Lee White for a no-hype debrief on the key trends, important information, and announcements coming out of NAMM. They’ll be available live on Twitter to answer your questions about NAMM, music technology, and the business in general.

The Twitterviews will be held at these times:

January 24 from 12:30-1:30 PST: Brian Lee White  @brianleewhite

January 25 from 12:30-1:30 PST: Bobby Owsinski   @bobbyowsinski

Simply tweet your questions or comments to @brianleewhite, @bobbyowsinski, or @lyndadotcom with the hashtag #NAMMchat on 1/24 and 1/25.

*Editor’s Note: On January 11th and January 20th the lynda.com blog mistakenly reported the #NAMMchat dates as January 23 and January 24. The dates of the #NAMMchat will be January 24 and January 25, both at 12:30pm PST as mentioned above. Associates will be standing by to assist any audio lovers who may tune in on January 23rd. Please pardon our error!

Interested in more? • All audio courses on lynda.com • All Logic Pro courses on lynda.com • All GarageBand courses on lynda.com • All Pro Tools courses on lynda.com

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By David Franz | Friday, January 06, 2012

How to create a custom Apple Loop in Logic Pro 9

Now that Logic Pro is for sale in Apple’s App Store (and for a much lower price than it was previously), there’s been a rush on users purchasing Logic and upgrading to Logic from GarageBand.

While both GarageBand and Logic have always offered access to the standard Apple Loops library as well as additional Jam Packs, with Logic Pro 9 users also get the added benefit of creating their own Apple Loops, complete with descriptors and search tags that make any hand-made Apple Loop completely searchable in Logic’s Loop Browser.

In Logic Pro 9 Essential Training, author Scott Hirsch demonstrates exactly how to create your own Apple Loop, or Apple Loop library, from any audio files in your Logic project using the Apple Loops Utility.

If you’re a new Logic Pro user, or are considering upgrading from GarageBand, check out Scott Hirsch’s Logic Pro 9 Essential Trainingto learn more about recording, editing, and mixing music with Logic Pro.

Interested in more?• The full Logic Pro 9 Essential Training course • All audio courses on lynda.com • All Logic Pro courses on lynda.com • All GarageBand courses on lynda.com • All courses from Scott Hirsch on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Virtual Instruments in Logic ProAudio Mixing BootcampRemixing a Song in Logic ProFoundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing • Pro Tools 9 Essential Training

By David Franz | Friday, December 30, 2011

Improving sound with compression in Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing

Compression is a tricky effect to master when mixing and mastering. Sometimes compression is meant not to be heard; that is, to be transparent. Other times, it’s certainly meant to be heard as it’s used to push a signal into harmonic distortion.

Recording with compression is an even more delicate art: Where a heavy hand can ruin an amazing recording, a light touch can control and enhance very dynamic performances.

In this free video, Brian Lee White (author of Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing) explains the setup and signal routing for recording bass with hardware and software compressors, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of doing so.

Check out Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processingin the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on the leading digital audio workstations coming soon!

Interested in more? • All Pro Tools courses in the Online Training Library® • All Logic Pro courses in the Online Training Library® • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • All courses from Brian Lee White in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:Audio Mixing BootcampMixing and Mastering with Pro ToolsMusic Editing for TV and Film in Pro ToolsLogic Pro 9 Essential Training

By David Franz | Friday, December 23, 2011

Remixing a song in Apple Logic Pro

Remixing a song is a skill that requires a lot of musical and technical know-how.  Two of the most important elements to consider when beginning to create a remix are determining the original tempo of the song you’re remixing and lining up the vocal stem track to the beat.

Apple’s Logic software provides a handy plug-in called the BPM counter that helps to determine the tempo of a piece of music. Check out how to use it:

Often, remixers receive vocal stem tracks that don’t clearly align with the tempo grid when they’re imported into a project. That is, it’s unclear from the raw stem file where the downbeat is in comparison to the vocal performance. Check out how to align a vocal track with the tempo grid of a project:

In Remixing a Song in Logic, renowned remixer and author Josh Harris takes us through all of the remixing steps as he literally remixes a song in front of our eyes and ears. He covers all facets of the remixing process—aligning the vocals, working with loops, programming bass and synth parts, adjusting the remix arrangement—all the way to mixing and mastering the final version.

Check out Remixing a Song in Logicin the Online Training Library®, and look out for new training on the leading digital audio workstations coming soon.

Interested in more? • All Logic courses in the Online Training Library® • All audio courses in the Online Training Library®

By David Franz | Thursday, December 15, 2011

Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

Ever wanted to know how music gets edited into TV shows and movies? In Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools, Skye Lewin shows you how putting music under picture is both an art and a science.

In this course, Skye will discuss how to edit and maneuver audio in Pro Tools, edit music to picture, create alternate audio edits, conform an edit to a picture if the scene has shifted, perform special effects, and use QuickTime to present edit revisions. He also discusses ways to utilize navigation, viewing, editing techniques, and key commands to speed up your editing process so you can focus more time on being creative.

The video used for demonstration in this course is a short film entitled Eli, starring David Anders (Alias, Heroes, 24, Once Upon A Time) and the music used is from composer Simon Hunter (CSI, Burn Notice, Iron Man trailer, Fast 5 trailer).

Watch here as Skye shows his techniques for creating an alternate music edit for a particular scene in the film:

Check out Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools in the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on the leading digital audio workstations coming soon!

Interested in more? • All Pro Tools courses on lynda.com • All audio courses on lynda.com

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By David Franz | Friday, December 02, 2011

Pro Tools 10 new features

Pro Tools, the industry standard digital audio workstation, offers users a number of new features in its latest version, Pro Tools 10, including clip gain, real time fades, the ability to bounce your songs directly to your iTunes library, and the ability to share your music directly from Pro Tools with SoundCloud.

Avid has included some new plug-ins and made enhancements to its existing plug-ins, even adding a new plug-in format called AAX. There are also new importing and exporting features, audio engine and disk performance enhancements, extended system capabilities, added support for more file formats, and some interface and nomenclature changes.

Check out this introductory video to Pro Tools 10 New Features and then peruse all of seventeen videos in the course for free in the lynda.com Online Training Library®.

See you back here next Friday for more training on the leading digital audio workstations including both Logic Pro and Pro Tools.

Interested in more? • All Pro Tools courses in the Online Training Library® • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • All courses from David Franz in the Online Training Library®

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By David Franz | Monday, November 28, 2011

Logic Pro’s ES P polyphonic synthesizer: Introduction

For the next several months, we’ll be releasing new training bi-weekly on the virtual instruments found in Logic Pro and Pro Tools. In this week’s post, we’ll dig deeper into the instruments found in Logic Pro.

From the newly released chapter of Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro, author Brian Trifon shows off Logic’s ES P polyphonic synthesizer and what it’s capable of. Check out the ES P Polyphonic Synthesizer introduction video here, then log in and dive deeper into learning the instrument and creating amazing music with it.

Check out Virtual Instruments in Logic Pro in the Online Training Library® today, and look out for new training on virtual instruments for Pro Tools and Logic Pro users coming soon!

Interested in more? • All audio courses in the Online Training Library® • All courses from Brian Trifon in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:Logic Pro 9 Essential Training• Pro Tools 9 Essential TrainingAbleton Live 8 Essential TrainingJason Bentley’s Twilight Remix: Start to Finish

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